Erewash Triathlon

The countdown is now underway to this year’s Erewash Triathlon . . . one of Erewash Borough Council’s biggest events on the sport and health calendar.
 
The event is now in its eighth year and continues to attract hundreds of competitors from across the country and from Europe as the triathlon sport becomes ever more popular.
 
This is year set to be bigger and better than ever as Erewash Borough Council teams up with East Midlands triathlon specialists Punishing Events to stage the event at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton on Sunday 16 August.
 
The 2015 event is expected to be another full filed, so anyone wanting to take part is urged to enter as soon as possible. Anyone aged 15 years and over can enter the event, which always attracts people of all abilities from the complete novice through to seasoned triathletes.
 
The Erewash Triathlon features a 400m swim, a 10-mile road bike ride and a 5km run within West Park.
 
For more information and an online entry form visit: www.punishingevents.com  and click on the ‘events’ tab to find Erewash Triathlon 2015.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“We are very excited to once again be helping to organise this hugely popular and successful sporting event that provides fun as well as serious competition and is always a wonderful family-friendly experience for both competitors and spectators alike.
 
“The Erewash Triathlon continues to grow every year and is a perfect example of our on-going commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all and to providing high quality sports events for people of all ages and abilities.”
 

Join The Summer Holiday Club!

An action-packed Holiday Club activity programme of non-stop fun and games has been lined up for a summer celebration throughout the school holidays.

Erewash Borough Council’s Holiday Club is always a big hit with youngsters and will again offer a whole range of activities for children aged 5-14 years throughout the school break between Monday 27 July and Friday 4 September.

Entertainment and a whole range of activities are among the summer fun on offer at all four of the council’s leisure centre - West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre; and Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre and Rutland Sports Park.

In addition, Erewash Museum will once again host its popular themed weeks through the school holiday.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“It’s summer holiday time and we are delighted to once again be offering non-stop activities across the borough to keep children entertained and active throughout.”

A copy of the Holiday Club guide can be picked up from any of the four leisure centres, Erewash Museum or from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions. It can also be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/theholidayclub

Free One-Hour Parking Extended

Erewash Borough Council’s free one-hour parking scheme in town centre car parks will be extended until October while a full review of its impact on high street regeneration is carried out.

Councillors agreed on Thursday (25th) that the all-party Scrutiny Committee should evaluate all aspects of the trial scheme – particularly its impact on town centre trade and the financial cost to the council.

The Full Council meeting was told that more than 341,000 free one-hour tickets were issued between 5 January and 31 May this year - but councillors were also told that the pilot scheme has had an impact on the council’s income.

Free one hour parking was launched in January as a six month pilot and has cost the council £91,000 so far, with an estimated £60,000 further loss of income between now and October.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“It is right that we extend the scheme for a further three months to give the all-party Scrutiny Committee time to analyse the consultation and survey data gathered and also look at the considerable effect the scheme has had on our income. We can afford it in the short term as a one-off from our contingency budget, but the all-party review will need to look at how it can be sustained in the long term.”

The results of the review will go to the Full Council meeting on 15 October.

FREE Dog Health Checks

Erewash Borough Council has again joined forces with the PDSA animal charity to continue the community campaign to promote responsible dog ownership and animal welfare.

Erewash dog owners can take their four-legged friends for a FREE health check by a PDSA veterinary nurse that will cover body condition and weight, teeth and gums, eyes and ears, coat condition and general fitness.

The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will also be supporting the charity during the visits offering help and advice to dog owners. They will also be offering free dog micro-chipping which will be compulsory from 6 April 2016.

All four health check events will be held from 9am – 4pm at the following locations:

•    Tuesday 14 July - Cotmanhay Sure Start Children’s Centre Car Park, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay

•    Wednesday 15 July – Sawley Community Centre Car Park, off Draycott Road, Sawley

•    Thursday 16 July – Collingwood Recreation Ground, Cornwallis Close, Long Eaton

•    Friday 17 July – Ashbrook Community Centre, Ashbrook Avenue, Borrowash


Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the PDSA and welcome them back to our borough. Previous ‘roadshows’ have proved incredibly popular and we would encourage owners to go along to these latest visits to get their dogs checked out and find out from the experts about how they can keep their dogs healthy and happy.”

Cats Protection representatives will also be at the events offering £10 vouchers for owners to have their cats spayed and neutered. The vouchers are for cats only and owners can arrange for their pets to have the procedure at a later date – owners must NOT take their cats to the events.

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Val Custance, who was formally elected to the role during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (28 May).

Councillor Custance represented the former Abbotsford Ward in Ilkeston for the last four years and is now a councillor for the new Shipley View Ward following the borough council elections in May.

During her mayoral year, Councillor Custance will be supported at civic engagements by either her partner Mike Bell or her sister Glenys Warmsley. In addition, she will also be accompanied at various events by the Mayor’s Cadets from the Derbyshire Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Squadron and the Long Eaton Sea Cadets.

Events will be held throughout the year to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charity, the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent  – while a ‘charity pot’ will also raise funds that will be distributed to local groups and organisations at the end of her term in office.

Councillor Custance is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash during her civic year:

“I feel very honoured to have been elected as Mayor and am well aware that it is a commitment to serve not only the Borough Council but also the people of Erewash. I feel very proud to pledge myself to do my very best for the whole of the borough and I sincerely hope to meet as many residents as possible during the year.”

Born in Kimberley, Councillor Custance worked at HM Land Registry in Nottingham until her retirement after 43 years’ service. She has lived in several towns around Nottingham but moved back to Ilkeston to be closer to her family.

Councillor Custance has been a School Governor of the former Bennerley School, now the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, since 1998 and is also involved with the Shipley View Residents’ Association and local health groups and community forums.

In her spare time, the Mayor enjoys being with her family – she has one daughter, six grandchildren and two great grand-daughters – and her hobbies include dressmaking, soft furnishings and baking.

The Rev Peter Davey of Christ Church, Cotmanhay, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain for the 2015/16 civic year.

The new Deputy Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Abey Stevenson, who represents the Little Eaton and Stanley Ward on the Borough Council.